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Guide to the Centennial History Office records, [ca. 1950]-1967
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Centennial History Office Records,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1950]-1967
    Collection Number: CU-5.92
    Creator: University of California (System). Centennial History Office
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Centennial History Office records, CU-5.92, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Collection of materials for a History of the University of California for the Centennial of the instution in 1968. Includes correspondence, reports, interviews, tape recordings, and negative microfilm of source documents.

    Scope and Content

    This collection represents the work of Walton Bean, professor of history, to collect material for a history of the University for the Centennial of the institution in 1968. Bean apparently proposed this project to President Sproul as early as 1950 and began to collect materials as a regular research project at that time. A few years later, funding was received from the President's Office for the support and continuation of the project. It was apparently at this stage that Rena Vassar and Alex Callow were employed as research assistants in the project. Bean's involvement in the project seems to have ended about 1960, although a few materials in the present collection date after that time. It is not at all clear how these later materials came to be integrated into the present collection.
    The University later established another group, under Verne Stadtman, to prepare the Centennial publications. These files are also in University Archives and may also be consulted by those interested in University history.